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Alberto Giacometti

Author: Reinhold Hohl
Publisher: New York, NY : H.N. Abrams, [1972, ©1971]
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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From the Blurb: One of the great masters of 20th century art, the Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti captured the existential loneliness of modern humanity with his spindly, attenuated figures whose life-like gazes pierce the vastness of space. Uniting more than 250 sculptures, paintings, drawings and graphic works, this extensive monograph is an exemplary overview of his oeuvre. The book underscores the continuity  Read more...
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Named Person: Alberto Giacometti; Alberto Giacometti
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Reinhold Hohl
ISBN: 0810901390 9780810901391
OCLC Number: 388353
Notes: Translated from German.
Description: 328 pages : illustrations ; 31 cm
Contents: Foreword --
Part 1: Background --
Origin and ancestry --
Talent --
Early education --
Borgonovo --
Stampa --
Maloja, Giovanni, Augusto, Alberto Giacometti --
Life patterns --
Stylistic heritage --
Part 2: Development --
Periods and subjects --
Introduction: Oeuvre; changing form-unchanging compositional idea --
1914-1919-1924: Youth-the academy --
1925-1930-1934: Mannered figures-visual models --
Figures in the post-Cubist manner (1925-1929) --
Surrealist visual models (1930-1932) --
Metaphors of a compositional idea (1932-1934) --
1935-1940-1946: Art as a confrontation with reality and existence --
New beginning (1935-1940) --
Artwork as the appearance of reality (1940-1946) --
1947-1951: Realizations in a massless, weightless style --
1952-1956/1958-1965: Artwork as autonomous reality --
Artwork as an evocation of reality in imaginary space (1952-1956/1958) --
Crucial turning point (1956-1958) --
Artwork as a double of reality in real space (1958-1965) --
Part 3: Person, His Works, His Contemporaries --
Giacometti legend and Giacometti's statements --
Giacometti's "visions": art and reality; life and death --
Crisis as a literary prose --
Man alone facing the enormities of reality --
Man at zero on the space-time co-ordinates; reality cannot be understood, only described --
Documentary biography --
Notes --
List of illustrations --
Systematic bibliography --
Index --
Photo credits --
Acknowledgments.
Other Titles: Alberto Giacometti.
Responsibility: Reinhold Hohl.

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From the Blurb: One of the great masters of 20th century art, the Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti captured the existential loneliness of modern humanity with his spindly, attenuated figures whose life-like gazes pierce the vastness of space. Uniting more than 250 sculptures, paintings, drawings and graphic works, this extensive monograph is an exemplary overview of his oeuvre. The book underscores the continuity between the two remarkable bodies of work that characterize his career: the pre-1935 works, which included the finest of all Surrealist sculptures, and the post-war masterpieces. As a result of a profound artistic crisis that began in 1934, when Giacometti returned to working from the model and thus broke with the Surrealists, the artist began tackling the problem of situating figures in space in an entirely new way. Painting played a key role in the solutions that Giacometti found to this problem, and the discussion here of the relationship between his two- and three- dimensional works reveals him to have been as great a painter as he was a sculptor.

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